Today’s lesson is about being qualified for service. Or more importantly, the things we tell ourselves to talk ourselves out of service. Today during service, Pastor Wirsing shared three reasons why we think we aren’t qualified: We are too Busy. We aren’t good enough. We don’t want to be rejected. These are very human emotions that we all share. They go beyond service and into our daily lives. When we take the focus away from ourselves and onto what good we can do, much of this fades. If it’s about Jesus, then he helps us make space for service. He makes us good enough. And he, through Christian life and faith, helps us to be part of a faith community and not rejected.
Spoken Word Poem by Jon Jorgenson
“but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called.Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord” – 1 Corinthians 1:24-31
God does not choose the perfect to serve. If he did, he would have no servants. Moses was a murderer. Matthew was a tax collector (lowest of the low). David was an adulterer. Mary Magdelene was a prostitute. The message comes from HIM, not from the messenger. We are all sinners. It takes a sinner to relate and have empathy for our fellow sinners. I have sinned more times than I can count. I sin every day. I make mistakes. I ask for forgiveness. I am not holier than anyone. I am someone who loves the Lord, listens, and prays.
Are you willing to not make excuses for service? Are you willing to look beyond the messenger and hear HIS message? Are you ready to be his servant?
I am willing (with the help of God)
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